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#364 What about option 4?

An issue comes up, and you need to decide what to do.

You think about it and devise three possible ways to approach it. You must take some action! Doing nothing avoids the problem, and that’s no way to manage it. Right? Well – maybe.

We are often taught that it’s important to address things and do so promptly. Usually, that is true. But not always. Sometimes, Option 4 is the way to go. For now, do nothing. Certain issues are best left alone to cook a bit longer. Sometimes, they will disappear or become minimally important.

This tip is not intended to be an encouragement to procrastinators. This tip is designed for the folks at the other end of the spectrum who always feel they must act and often do so quickly.

Bottom line? Always include Option 4 as one of your choices.


  1. If we are talking about a work related “issue” and if the “issue” is part of your job description than you first should ask all the questions that need to be asked so as to make an informed decision a kind of analytical approach (Just the facts) , Second, Going with your “gut” feeling that is based on instinct from past experiences along with what seems to be the most common sense solution for the issue. Or you can try new things if this is an ongoing issue that never seems to get permanently resolved. It can be argued that sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing a kind of “see if it will work it’s self out”. If the issue is live human being that may be true. Heck, even a house on fire will eventually put it’s self out (Option four). Fortuna Eruditis Favet Lossly translated it means fortune favors the prepared man, Having written policy’s and procedures to train your team and to teach them how to lead from the bottom up (yep I said that) will help give you that option 4 by empowering your team to “fish”